| - updated Jan. 2008
Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute
and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 40th
year as a recording and performing musician in 2008.
Ian was born in 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. After attending primary
school in Edinburgh, his family relocated to Blackpool in the north of England
in 1959. Following a traditional Grammar school education, he moved on to Art
college to study fine art before deciding on an attempt at a musical career.
Tull formed in 1968 out of the amalgamation of the John Evan Band and McGregor's
Engine, two blues-based local UK groups.
Still enjoying a lengthy and ongoing career, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio
and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies since the band first performed
at London's famous Marquee club.
After undertaking more than 2500 concerts in 40 countries throughout three decades,
Tull plays typically 100 concerts each year to longstanding, as well as new fans
Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson
remains the crowned exponent of the popular and rock genres of flute playing.
So far, no pretender to the throne has stepped forward. Ian also plays ethnic
flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of
instruments, providing the acoustic textures which are an integral part of most
of the Tull repertoire.
Anderson has so far recorded four diverse solo albums in his career: 1983's "Walk
Into Light", the flute instrumental "Divinities" album for EMI's
Classical Music Division in 1995 which reached number one in the relevant Billboard
chart, and the more recently recorded acoustic collections of songs, "The
Secret Language of Birds", and “Rupi’s Dance”. New recordings
are scheduled for rcording in 2008.
In addition to Tull concert tours, Ian Anderson appears more and more frequently
in solo concerts with orchestras and in his other eclectic acoustic shows.
Anderson lives on a farm in the southwest of England where he has a recording
studio and office. He has been married for 25 years to Shona who is also an active
director of their music and other companies. They have two children - James and
Gael - who work in the music and TV/film industries respectively.
His hobbies include the growing of many varieties of hot chile peppers, the study
and conservation of the 26 species of small wildcats of the world and collecting
mechanical watches and vintage Leica and other cameras. He reluctantly admits
to owning digital cameras and scanners for his work on the photographic promotional
images related to Tull as well as his solo career.
In 2006, he was awarded a Doctorate in Literature from Heriot Watt University
in Edinburgh, the Ivor Award for International Achievement in Music and, in the
New Years Honours List 2008, an MBE for services to music.
Ian owns no fast car, never having taken a driving test, and has a wardrobe of
singularly uninspiring and drab leisurewear. He still keeps a couple of off-road
competition motorcycles, a few sporting guns and a saxophone which he promises
never to play again.
He declares a lifelong commitment to music as a profession, being far too young
to hang up his hat or his flute, although the tights and codpiece have long since
been consigned to some forgotten bottom drawer.
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